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@314Well he may be an apprentice GK in your eyes but he is England's No. 1 and rated by many with informed opinions (unlike your own) as one of the best GKs in Europe, if not THE best. Do you have any factual support of your contention that Hart's arms are "relatively short"? No, I didn't think so. :-)
Hart is an apprentice keeper. the 2nd and 3rd goals were very poor to concede.Especially the second - an edge of the area medium strength shot on the turn at his near post - no way should he have let that in. he was very slow to react and his relatively short arms meant he couldn't reach the ball. he should look to himself the most if he wants to know how they lost a 2-1 lead with 5 mins left.
City will still finish top of their group. I expect Hart won't be playing in the next premier league and will be fined
Why is everyone obsessed with comparing Hart and De Gea? Both are good goalkeepers and good shot stoppers but make mistakes. Neither are as good/bad as the media will lead us to believe.
@310That should, of course, have been "@307, 308" NOT "@308, 309" in my previous post. The Birmingham City comment (309) was clearly a good one. My comments were directed at the the inane drivel posted by the Eduard_Streltsov spammer.
@308, 309Only someone desperately fanatical (in all the bad senses of the word) would use a blog about Joe Hart to push a blatantly biased agenda to promote De Gea. Most PL clubs' 3rd string GKs are much better than De Gea. One swallow does not a summer make. Once De Gea has put 4 back-to-back seasons together comparable to Hart's only THEN might people begin to take your twaddle seriously.
@294.I'm appauled at your lack of knowledge as a fellow Birmingham Supporter. Joe Hart was out GK in our best season. We finished 9th, went on a 16 game unbeaten run (12 in PL). He was voted our Player of the season and made the PFA team of the year. He didn't cost us relegation, we didn't get relegated. He made a few mistakes at the start, but got all more points than he lost.
All this user's posts have been removed. Why?
In truth I think Hart may have been fronting a little embarassment; even Ronaldo looked surprised when that last goal went in!
Marcelo's first equalizing goal may have been more palatable had he not had two almost identical previous attempts that skimmed the crossbar and just flew wide. Leaving Marcelo unmarked for the first of those goal attempts was an oversight and City were lucky he shot wide. But allowing him all that room to do exactly the same thing another 2 times until he finally scored was totally unforgivable.
“We’re not a team that should pat ourselves on the back for doing well, we’re a team that gets results”. Here, here ... well said Joe. Perhaps instead of being publicly panned for them by his manager Joe's words might instead be better posted in the Etihad Stadium tunnel entrance just under "Superbia in Proelio" ("Pride in Battle")?
Mancini has chosen entirely the wrong target on which to vent his exasperation. Joe's full comments in the quoted post-match interview were both gracious and articulate, and demonstrated an admirable level of realistic self-criticism WRT City's performance. They hardly merited a public scolding from his manager. Also, Džeko said almost the same thing in his post-game comments, so why pick on Joe?
Another shining example of how poor a manager Mancini is. Hart told it like it was, he never critised the manager or club, just stated the obvious. On the day City just weren't good enough
mancini cant say anything about anyone, he let teves play for man city again, and i cant believe some man city fans excepted it, if it was my arsenal i would be protesting, allowing players to have a 6 month holiday when they choose then come back into the team.
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